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Tulane’s game with Connecticut set for 7 p.m. Oct. 11 on ESPNews

Tulane cornerback Lorenzo Doss (6) celebrates his interception against Rutgers during the third quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Piscataway, N.J. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

Tulane’s American Athletic Conference game against Connecticut on Oct. 11 at Yulman Stadium will kick off at 7 p.m. and air on ESPNews, the league announced Monday. Tulane (1-4, 0-1) will be hosting its first AAC game against UConn (1-4, 0-2), and it will be the schools’ first meeting in football. Both teams… Continue reading →

Monday Morning Rewind: Tulane

Associated Press photo by Rich SchultzTulane cornerback Lorenzo Doss is tackled by Rutgers receiver John Tsimis after a Doss interception in Saturday's game.

Coming up Mercifully, Tulane (1-4) gets an open date to work on a host of problems before beginning a season-ending stretch of seven consecutive conference games. The Green Wave stepped up in class for the non-league portion of its schedule and failed the test, losing to Georgia Tech, Duke and Rutgers by a combined 76 points. Unlike last… Continue reading →

Tulane struggles again, falls 31-6 at Rutgers

Rutgers running back Justin Goodwin (32) fights of Tulane defenders Leonard Davis (10) and Rae Juan Marbley during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Piscataway, N.J. Rutgers defeated Tulane 31-6. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Each week seems to provide more questions and fewer answers for the Tulane football team. Breakdowns occurred in all three phases as the Green Wave was pounded 31-6 by Rutgers on Saturday afternoon in High Point Solutions Stadium. The defense crumbled at the start. The offense never recovered. The Scarlet Knights (4-1) scored… Continue reading →

Tulane defense falls behind at Rutgers, searches for solutions

Associated Press photo by RICH SCHULTZ -- Tulane defenders Eric Thomas and Lorenzo Doss bring down Rutgers fullback Michael Burton during the first half of Saturday's game in Piscataway, N.J.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — It’s hard to climb up a hill. For the second straight week, Tulane’s defense put itself at the bottom of the mountain from the start. Before the Green Wave could blink Saturday at Rutgers, it was 7-0. A possession later it was 14-0. Within six more minutes it was… Continue reading →

Tulane quarterback Tanner Lee leaves Rutgers game with shoulder injury; Devin Powell, Nick Montana come in

Associated Press photo by RICH SCHULTZ -- Tulane quarterback Devin Powell looks to pass against Rutgers during the first half of Saturday's game at Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights won 31-6.

Tulane quarterback Tanner Lee injured his right shoulder midway through Saturday’s 31-6 loss to Rutgers, forcing the Green Wave to call upon Devin Powell. It’s the second time this season Lee has been hurt in a game. After piecing together a 70-yard drive that ended without points following a 15-yard penalty and a sack, Lee walked… Continue reading →

Rutgers 31, Tulane 6: Three-and-out

Tulane running back Sherman Badie (3) is tackled by Rutgers defenders L.J. Liston, Jonathan Aiken and others short of the end zone during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Piscataway, N.J. Rutgers defeated Tulane 31-6. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

1. WHAT WE LEARNED If Tanner Lee is healthy, Tulane has no quarterback controversy. Even though the redshirt freshman threw nine interceptions in his first four games, Tulane’s offense reverted into the ineffective version seen in 2013 once he left — except this year, the 2013 defense and special teams aren’t playing with that… Continue reading →

Young Tulane faces another road challenge at Big Ten’s Rutgers

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Tulane coach, Curtis Johnson looks on during the Georgia Tech game Sept. 6 at Yulman Stadium.

After the special teams imploded at Duke, Tulane is seeking an explosion that turns around a disappointing 1-3 start. The task won’t be easy Saturday at Rutgers (3-1). For the second consecutive week, the Green Wave is a double-digit underdog against a power-conference team. Tulane has dropped 16 in a row outside of Louisiana and is… Continue reading →

Rutgers seeks win over Tulane to boost bowl chances

Associated Press photo by PATRICK SEMANSKY -- Rutgers coach Kyle Flood, center, celebrates with his team after a 31-24 win over Navy on Saturday in Annapolis, Md.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — If Rutgers wants to go to a postseason bowl game in its first season in the Big Ten Conference, beating Tulane is almost a must. The Scarlet Knights (3-1) will play their final nonconference game of the season when they face the Green Wave (1-3) of the American Athletic Conference at High… Continue reading →

Tulane at Rutgers: Four downs

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Tulane wide receiver Teddy Veal pushes away Georgia Tech defensive back Domonique Noble and runs for a touchdown Sept. 6, 2014, at Yulman Stadium.

1. Moving on up When these two teams met at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in 2012, it was a matchup between Big East and Conference USA teams. Two years later, both schools have moved onto a higher perch, with the Scarlet Knights crashing the “Power Five” conferences by gaining an invitation to the Big 10. Rutgers’ move opened the door… Continue reading →

Set for Tulane/Rutgers this weekend, ESPN’s Beth Mowins keeps the focus on the game

ESPN's Beth Mowins

When Tulane fans tune into ESPNews on Saturday to watch Green Wave football, the voice coming out of their televisions and tablets may sound a bit unusual. They’ll be greeted to the sights of Rutgers’ High Point Solutions Stadium at 11 a.m. by the sounds of Beth Mowins, the assigned play-by-play commentator for Tulane’s tilt with the… Continue reading →

Tulane notebook: After special teams woes, Wave return game gets new look in practice

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Tulane coach Curtis Johnson

Looking to avoid the special teams debacle that doomed it against Duke, Tulane in practice this week used Darion Monroe instead of Teddy Veal at punt returner and Leondre James instead of Dontrell Hilliard as the primary kickoff returner. The players most responsible for the issues, though, figure to keep their roles. Coach Curtis Johnson said he liked… Continue reading →

Tulane’s Lazedrick Thompson earns praise for tough running style

Tulane's (33) Lazedrick Thompson is wrapped up by Tulsa's (9) Dwight Dobbins  as (99) Derrick Luetjen comes induring the first half of the Tulane v Tulsa football game at Chapman stadium at the University of Tulsa on August 28, 2014.  TOM GILBERT/Tulsa World ORG XMIT: 2014-08-29 sp-tufoot ORG XMIT: DTI1408282138394239

If Lazedrick Thompson keeps running like he did against Duke, the turning point in his Tulane career will boil down to one play. With the Green Wave facing a fourth-and-1 at its own 42 early in the second quarter, coach Curtis Johnson called a timeout and asked Thompson, a redshirt sophomore, if he thought he could get… Continue reading →

Tulane’s Curtis Johnson loses patience with dropped passes

Tulane coach Curtis Johnson lit into freshman wide receiver Terren Encalade after he tried to make a one-handed catch of a long pass Tanner Lee threw to him in the end zone during Tuesday morning’s practice. “I’m sick and tired of that,” Johnson screamed. “Catch it like every receiver in football, with two hands. That… Continue reading →

Charges against Tulane running back Robert Kelley dropped

Advocate file photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Tulane running back Robert Kelley picks up yards against North Texas during a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome last season.

The charges against Tulane running back Robert Kelley for simple robbery and simple battery were dropped Tuesday afternoon by the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s office. Kelley was arrested Aug. 4 after an incident with a fellow Tulane student at The Boot, a university-adjacent bar, which involved a fight and a stolen bicycle. Throughout the… Continue reading →

Source: Tulane’s ‘Fudge’ Van Hooser won’t be cleared to play football

Tulane’s Walker “Fudge” Van Hooser will not be cleared to compete for the football team, a source close to the situation said Monday. Van Hooser, who signed with Tulane in 2012, was unable to play in a game during his three years with the program because of lingering injury issues. Several surgeries and prolonged rehab stints were unable… Continue reading →

Monday morning rewind: Tulane

Duke running back Shaun Wilson (29) heads in to score a third quarter touchdown against the Green Wave, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, N.C.. Duke defeated Tulane 47-13 to remain perfect at 4-0. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Chuck Liddy)

Coming up Tulane (1-3) plays at new Big Ten member Rutgers (3-1), which upset previously unbeaten Navy 31-24 on Saturday while rolling for 284 yards on the ground. However, Rutgers lost leading rusher Paul James for the season with a torn ACL suffered Saturday. The… Continue reading →

Mistakes stack up as Tulane falls 47-13 at Duke

Duke defensive end Michael Mann (58) goes in to sack Tulane quarterback Tanner Lee (12) in the fourth quarter of play, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, N.C.. Duke defeated Tulane 47-13 to remain perfect at 4-0. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Chuck Liddy)

DURHAM, N.C. — Tulane got a very bad omen just before Saturday’s game at Duke, and it turned out to ruin the Green Wave’s whole afternoon. When regular long snapper Michael Lizanich pulled a hamstring in pregame warmups, it started a snowball effect that yielded a nightmarish day for Tulane’s special teams. The result… Continue reading →

After loss at Duke, Tulane searches for positives

Duke quarterback Anthony Boone (7) tries to evade Tulane safety Darion Monroe (2) in the third quarter, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, N.C.. Duke defeated Tulane 47-13 to remain perfect at 4-0. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Chuck Liddy) MANDATORY CREDIT

DURHAM, N.C. — It’s hard to find many positives when your football team loses 47-13 to a team that isn’t quite in the Top 25. But Tulane actually had some good things happen — mixed in among the special-teams disasters — against Duke on Saturday at Wallace Wade Stadium. Lazedrick Thompson, who had missed the final month of last… Continue reading →

Mistakes, special teams doom Tulane at Duke

Associated Press/News & Observer photo by CHUCK LIDDY -- Duke linebacker Zavier Carmichael (24) intercepts a second-quarter pass from Tulane quarterback Tanner Lee during Saturday's game at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, N.C.. Duke cornerback Breon Borders (31) signals the interception. Lee threw three interceptions as Duke defeated Tulane 47-13 to remain perfect at 4-0.

For a week, Tulane coach Curtis Johnson’s message to his team could be defined in one word. Mistakes. Repeatedly, Johnson mentioned the discrepancy between Duke’s discipline and Tulane’s lack thereof in the first three weeks of the season. And it proved to be a large portion of the gap separating the teams Saturday, when the Blue… Continue reading →

Duke 47, Tulane 13: Three-and-out

Associated Press/News & Observer photo by CHUCK LIDDY -- Duke cornerback Breon Borders tackles Tulane wide receiver Justyn Shackleford in the third quarter of Saturday's game at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, N.C.. Duke defeated Tulane 47-13 to remain perfect at 4-0.

1. WHAT WE LEARNED Tulane has no chance to beat a good opponent unless it improves an inept special teams unit. Matt Marfisi snapped the ball over the head of punter Peter Picerelli and out the back of the end zone for a safety in the first quarter. Steven DiRocco missed an extra point off a… Continue reading →

Four Downs: Tulane at Duke

Tulane battles its second Atlantic Coast Conference opponent in less than a month, traveling to Durham, North Carolina, to face Duke. In its first ACC matchup against Georgia Tech, the Green Wave saw a 21-14 second quarter lead turn into a 38-21 loss in Yulman Stadium’s debut on Sept. 6. Tulane has not beaten an… Continue reading →

Duke’s David Cutcliffe sees plenty of similarities in Tulane under Curtis Johnson

Duke Head Coach David Cutcliffe makes a point with Field Judge Mike Cullin in the first half of an NCAA college football game  against Troy at Veterans Memorial Stadium, Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, in Troy, Ala. (AP Photo/ Hal Yeager)

David Cutcliffe knows what Curtis Johnson is going through. The football coaches at Duke and Tulane share an abundance of occupational similarities. They are responsible for football programs at small, private institutions who built a reputation for losing games — lots of them. But when the coaches go head-to-head on Saturday in Duke’s Wallace… Continue reading →

Road not kind to Tulane lately

Recent history bodes poorly for Tulane (1-2) as it travels to Durham, North Carolina, for Saturday’s game against Duke (3-0). The Green Wave has not won a game outside of Louisiana in three years, dating to a 49-10 trouncing of UAB on Sept. 17, 2011. Eight of its 15 losses since then fall on coach Curtis Johnson’sContinue reading →

Green Wave linebacker Nico Marley turns it loose while remaining in control

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Tulane linebacker Nico Marley (20) makes a flying tackle on Southeastern receiver Devante Scott in the first quarter of Saturday's game at Yulman Stadium. Tulane cornerback Lorenzo Doss (6) assists on the stop.

For maybe the first time in his Tulane career, linebacker Nico Marley got mad Saturday. With the Green Wave comfortably ahead of Southeastern Louisiana in the fourth quarter, he celebrated a goal-line stop on third down by flexing his muscles in what coach Curtis Johnson described as a Superman pose. A flag flew for unsportsmanlike… Continue reading →

Nickle package changes Wave’s defensive options

Associated Press photo by Tom Gilbert --Tulane defensive back Taurean Nixon covers Tulsa's Keyarris Garrett earlier this season in Tulsa, Okla. Nixon helps the Green Wave use a five-back set.

The pieces were always there. Putting them on the field together became a puzzle. But when Tulane rolled out its nickel defensive package in Saturday’s 35-20 win over Southeastern Louisiana, the personnel and the system meshed for the first time this season. The return of starting cornerback Taurean Nixon from a groin injury and the emergence… Continue reading →

Royce LaFrance finding way on defense

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Tulane's, Royce LaFrance (48) picks up the fumble and scores a touchdown during a college football game between Tulane and Georgia Tech at the new Yulman Stadium at Tulane University in New Orleans on September 5, 2014.

Royce LaFrance’s early struggles symbolized Tulane’s defensive frustration in its first two games. LaFrance, a junior end from Helen Cox High in Harvey, played nothing like the first-team All-American Athletic Conference selection he was supposed to be according to Phil Steele’s college football preview. He did not play at all in the first half against… Continue reading →